History of The Macallan whisky distillery

Macallan distillery is a single malt whisky distillery in Craigellachie, part of the Speyside region of Scotland. The distillery was founded by Alexander Reid in 1824, one of the first distilleries in Scotland to have a legal license for distilling whisky. The name Macallan is derived from Gaelic word ‘magh’, which means ‘a fertile land’, and ‘Ellan’ thathonors St.Fillan’, a monk who spread Christianity in Scotland during the 18thcentury.

Farmers during that time grew barley on a large scale all around Scotland, and indeed Alexander Reid was himself a barley farmer. During the winter, where there is no active farming, the barley harvested is fermented and then distilled into whiskey. This made good sense for Alexander, as it used his excess crop to create something of additional monetary value.  And, winter was the perfect time for manufacturing whiskey, because during cold water is readily available for the cooling of the stills in the season. During the spring, the sowing starts again and the cycle follows.

In the subsequent years, Macallan distillery passed through different owners. It was named as Elchies distillery, named after a nearby estate,which adopted the company until 1980. Macallan distillery had a stable business when Roderick Kemp took over the distillery in 1892 and remained in control until 1994, when a Japanese company named Suntory and the Highland Distillers Group took over the ownership.

In 1999 Macallan was bought the Edrington Group, and the distillery has gained a global reputation for being one of the biggest, and best quality, scotch whisky brands in the world.

Whisky from The Macallan

The Macallan has a large number of core releases and limited editions, including both age statements and non age statements.  Single cask releases are rare and ten to be pitched at premium price points.

Macallan's distillery character produces smooth medium bodied whisky which is rich, sweet and often well aged with ex sherry casks a common influence. 

Buy a cask of Macallan whisky

If you're interested in buying a cask of Macallan whisky, please contact us today for a free, no obligation quote.  We can also offer a range of bottling services, making the whole process of creating your very own whisky easy.

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The Macallan distillery details

Address: Macallan Distillery, Easter Elchies, Aberlour AB38 9RX

Website: www.themacallan.com

Telephone number: +44 (0)1340 318 000

Tours: yes, open to the public with regular guided tours